Tail of woe ends for Appu the elephant

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Crowds gathered in an Indian town to watch a veterinary team take x-rays of an elephant's tail, according to a report from the Mathrubhumi newspaper.

The 26-year-old elephant, named Appu, was hit by a car six months ago and promptly treated for his injuries. But his mahouts -- a type of elephant trainer or keeper -- noticed that Appu was still not moving his tail months later.

On November 12, the mahouts brought Appu to a private veterinary hospital in Changanassery. The chief veterinarian noticed inflammation in the elephant's tail and took radiographs using a mobile x-ray unit.

The radiographs revealed Appu suffered from a tailbone fracture. The chief veterinarian treated the elephant's injured tail that same day.

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